Big opportunity for India to create content in Augmented Reality: JA Chowdary, Special Chief Secretary, Govt of AP (Source: Express Computer)

Big opportunity for India to create content in Augmented Reality: JA Chowdary, Special Chief Secretary, Govt of AP (Source: Express Computer)

The inferior quality of education system and the resultant unemployability of the engineering graduates coupled with the lack of focus on the availability of digital technologies has led the state of Andhra Pradesh to take up initiatives in bringing about a change in this space. In an interview with EC’s Ankush Kumar, J A Chowdary, Special Chief Secretary & IT Advisor to the Chief Minister, Government of Andhra Pradesh, shares the key focus areas for his state, and tells us why he is betting big on emerging technologies such as Augmented Reality and Blockchain

What is the focus of your state in terms of technology adoption? Are you looking beyond the traditional approach?
We are currently focusing on Blockchain as there is a huge demand and also a big shortfall in terms of availability of manpower in this field which is evolving. Blockchain is a complex and expensive technology that is known to be a foolproof system to prevent cyber crime and hacking. It’s a big opportunity for young students coming out of the colleges looking for the jobs as the industry is shifting towards this technology. To cater to this demand, we are setting up a Blockchain Institute of Technology in association with some of the global giants in Visakhapatnam. With the growing adoption of automation, financial technologies are growing more than 25 percent annually and that’s the reason why many banking corporations today are using advanced technologies. The banks and other financial institutions are using financial analytics, new age cyber security solutions, and also Blockchain
technology solutions.
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